William Smith Senior Danielle Powers got the chance over this winter break to intern with the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) and work directly with Dr. Janice Cooper, the interim director of the organization. Graduating in May with a bachelor of arts in political science and public policy and a minor in environmental studies, Powers describes the internship as a wonderful experience and says that she was grateful for the opportunity.
Founded in 1989 as a division of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the NCCP is the nation’s leading public policy center focusing on the promotion of economic security, health and the well-being of America’s lower income families and children. This center uses research to construct policies and practices with the common goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation.
Powers’ internship at the NCCP included attending a faculty symposium and numerous meetings with Cooper. Among these were the Mailman School of Public Health faculty assembly, a national webinar on the changing the federal definition of poverty hosted by the NCCP, and a seminar on families in economic security policies. Powers also designed Web-based surveys and researched a range of subjects in preparation for a database on adolescents, such as a report on Unclaimed Children Revisited and Michigan’s Children’s Welfare System.
“She accomplished quite a bit in the short time she was here and the staff was not shy in giving her assignments,” says Cooper. “Danielle was not shy to offer information and fill in gaps, bringing to our collective attention areas of research or ideas that had not been put on the table. She fit in easily and was an immediate asset to the teams she joined.”
This internship is neither the first nor the last for Powers. In fall of 2008, she interned with the Fair Trade Federation in Washington, D.C. For the past two summers and during winter recess Powers interned at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, which helped narrow her interest to public health.
Powers is a member of Koshare and the Stewardson Society.